Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Barack Obama returns to Kenyan 'home'

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Andrew Cummings | 17 July, 2018, 03:04

Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following last year's disputed presidential election which were marked by violence.

Supporters of former USA president Barack Obama wave U.S. flags in Kogelo, Kenya.

Obama does seem to take after his father though, who worked for the administration of Kenya leader Jomo Kenyatta, who led the country for 14 years after they broke free from the British monarchy.

"So what we see here in Kenya is all part of an emergence of a more confident, more self-reliant Africa".

"It means rooting out the corruption, it means no longer seeing different ethnicities as enemies and rivals rather as allies and seeing diversity of tribes not as a weakness but as a strength", Obama noted. "I fell in love with her and even though I hadn't grown up with her I was determined to better understand the life of my father and that of his people", said Obama. Who searched Obama when he was getting to state house?

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The former USA president was in Kenya for the opening of a sports and training center established by his half-sister, Auma Obama.

Though Obama was born in Hawaii and never lived in Kenya, he previously visited the country in 2006, while he was a US senator from IL.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta thanked Mr Obama for keeping the promise he made in 2015 of visiting Kenya when he completes his term as US President.

'It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. "In the bus there were chicken on my lap and sweet potatoes by my side", said Obama. In the book, Obama admits to never truly knowing his economist father, Barack Obama Sr.

After Kenya, Obama will travel to South Africa, where he will deliver a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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